As good property managers and custodians, we will advocate the optimal use of property, and will protect and maintain it for the present and the future.
We will provide quality, cost effective property services and information valued by our customers and support the Department of the Interior's diverse missions.
Where We Are Now -- Each bureau provides for accountability in the: acquisition, tracking and control, use and disposition of personal, real and museum property in the Department of the Interior. Each bureau provides overall management of all property acquired by or in the custody of the bureau contractors/grantees. The Office of Financial Management, in their FY 1995 Annual Report, stated the value of the Department's current non-stewardship assets at over $25 billion and stewardship assets of more than 65 million museum objects and 23,000 historic structures. Standards for preserving and managing museum property, a heritage asset, have been developed by the Interior Museum Property Committee to correct substantial deficiencies in the care of this property.
There is substantial similarity among the bureaus' high-level property program requirements. Variations among the bureaus' programs are due to:
Program variations have resulted in the bureaus developing and operating duplicative, separate systems that respond to Departmental standards. The bureaus historically have had the funding and resources to support bureau-specific initiatives. However, changing circumstances,including recent legislation, administration initiatives, new technologies, and tighter budgets, in some cases have resulted in Interior's property management community seeking efforts of a multi-bureau nature. For example, recent multi-bureau efforts have led to a reduced numberof Departmental automated personal property management systems.
Why We Need to Change -- The circumstances or factors that lead us to develop and implement a Departmentwide strategic plan for property management are driven by:
The Department of the Interior will have the leading property management program in the Federal Government.
The appropriate bureau assistant/associate directors and the Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management are asked to:
The Partnership commits to the assistant/associate directors and the Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management to:
I approve the Strategic Plan and support its implementation.